Bill Walton, UCLA legend and NBA Hall of Famer, dies at 71 – La Opinion

Bill Walton, UCLA legend and NBA Hall of Famer, dies at 71 – La Opinion


The world of the NBA and the NCAA is in mourning after the death of Bill Walton, UCLA legend and double champion of the NBA, was announced this Monday. NBAwho lost a long battle against cancer at the age of 71, as revealed by the league on behalf of his family.

After living a magnificent career in college basketball with the UCLA team, with which he won two championships of the NCAA and was chosen three times as the best player in the country, Bill Walton made the leap to the NBA where he became one of the best centers in the league.

And although his career was curtailed by foot injuries, he managed to win the NBA title twice, first with the Portland Trail Blazers (1976-1977) and then with the Boston Celtics (1985-1986). He played over 10 seasons, playing 468 games.

The UCLA basketball team made a post on their social media mourning the passing of team and NCAA legend Bill Walton.

His NBA career, affected by foot injuries, lasted just 468 games with Portland, the Clippers (San Diego and then Los Angeles) and Boston. He averaged 13.3 points and 10.5 rebounds in those games, numbers that are not exceptional.

“Bill Walton was someone one of a kind,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, about the former player who once received the league’s MVP award during the 1977-1978 season and who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame. American basketball fame in 1993.

At the age of 34 he made the decision to end his professional career having left the following numbers: 6,215 points scored with an average of 13.3 per game, 4,923 rebounds with an average of 10.5 per game and also achieved a 52.1 percent success rate in shots. field.

Bill Walton had a successful career as a sports commentator on broadcasts not only of the NBA but also of college basketball where he was a legend with the UCLA team.
Bill Walton had a successful career as a sports commentator on broadcasts not only of the NBA but also of college basketball where he was a legend with the UCLA team.
Credit: David Zalubowski | AP

Bill Walton, who was born on November 5, 1952 in California, continued to be linked to basketball once his time in the NBA ended after the 1986-1987 season with the Celtics. The former player at the time tried his luck as a sports commentator despite having stuttering problems.

Despite this inconvenience, the basketball Hall of Fame managed to have significant success in that new stage off the court to such an extent that Bill Walton ended up receiving an Emmy Award for his work on the ESPN sports network.

His last days were spent at his residence in San Diego where he was accompanied at all times by his second wife, Lori, and his children Adam, Nate, Chris and Luke, who followed in his father’s footsteps and became an NBA player. with the Los Angeles Lakers and now works as a coach.

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